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In order to make the best out of your fitness routine and help you achieve your fitness goals, it’s important to eat the right foods not just before a workout but also after it.
During a workout, your body uses up calories that it had stored up. Eating the right foods after a workout will help you replace the nutrients you used up and also help you recover faster.
- Eat as soon as possible. Avoid prolonging the time between your workout and next meal. Healthline recommends eating within 45 minutes.
- Proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats are very important. Ensure you eat healthy proteins. After your workout you are permitted to eat slow-burning carbohydrates. Healthy fats come from nuts, avocado and nut butters.
- Drink up. Ensure you drink enough to replenish the fluid you lost while working out. Keep drinking water throughout the day to ensure you don’t get dehydrated.
Post-workout snacks and meals
Bearing this in mind, here are a few ideas of healthy snacks and meals you can eat after your workout.
Peanut butter on toast
Use whole wheat bread and add a banana for extra carbs and potassium.
Hard boiled eggs
One or two hardboiled eggs on whole wheat toast.
A smoothie contains important nutrients that will help you recover after your workout. Pack it with proteins from yoghurt, milk or a doctor-approved protein powder.
Pack it with vegetables of your choice and serve with avocado and some roasted potatoes.
Fish or chicken
Bake instead of fry your fish or chicken and serve with vegetables like spinach and a healthy source of carbohydrates.